Gerard Turbide, vice president for enrollment management, has resigned from the college.
The scholarship is worth up to $6,000 per year and will be available in Fall 2018 to incoming students from New York State who qualify for the Excelsior Scholarship.
Ithaca College has steadily increased its number of minority students at a rate comparable to the national average. However, among its peer group of institutions, the college still lags behind.
After a nationwide search, Ithaca College has appointed Gerard Turbide as the vice president for enrollment management, according to a statement from the college posted on Intercom on May 11. Turbide has served as interim vice president since June 2015.
During the Fall 2015 semester, colleges and universities across the country were rocked by student protests addressing racial tensions on campuses. Ithaca College was also affected by these issues, and it is among many other institutions that are now trying to heal their communities while also facing losses in enrollment and retention.
The fourth and final candidate for the open position of vice president for enrollment management spoke at an open forum held April 26 about his connection to Ithaca College and how he has helped to lead the institution through difficult times.
Following rallies about the racial climate on campus, Ithaca College will hold an event titled “Addressing Community Action on Racism and Cultural Bias,” which aims to list possible actions about this issue that could be undertaken immediately.
Ithaca College exceeded its 1,700 student enrollment goal by more than 100 students in 2015 after increasing the college’s acceptance rate by almost 8 percent.